Sept. 17-29: Think & Drink in Yakima Ignites Conversation About Wildfires

Our next Think & Drink tackles Fire and Forests: From Smokey Bear to Taylor Bridge, in Yakima Wednesday (Sept. 19). Plus, the LiTFUSE poetry workshop, the return of Speakers Bureau presentations, the inaugural 2012 Bedtime Stories Spokane and more!

This Week & Next highlights upcoming events and news from Humanities Washington, our many community partners and like-minded organizations around the state.

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THIS WEEK (Sept. 17-22, 2012)


YAKIMA – Join Humanities Washington for our next Think & Drink conversation, Fire and Forests: From Smokey Bear to Taylor Bridge, at Gilbert Cellars Wednesday (Sept. 19). The discussion explores forest fires and fire management in Eastern Washington and will be led by wildfire photographer John Marshall and U.S. Forest Service Research Ecologist Paul Hessburg [Details].

MONDAY (Sept. 17)

SEATTLE – The Seattle Public Library presents the free event An Evening with Junot Díaz, at Town Hall Seattle at 7 p.m. Díaz will read from This Is How You Lose Her, his first book since winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [Details].

THURSDAY (Sept. 20)

GIG HARBOR – A reading and conversation with Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken [Details].

FRIDAY (Sept. 21)

TIETON – LiTFUSE is an annual weekend-long poets’ workshop held in Tieton (near Yakima), sponsored by Tieton Arts & Humanities. The event is open to poets of all ages and styles. Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken will be one of the 11 accomplished instructors [Details].

Lance Rhoades

Lance Rhoades

SATURDAY (Sept. 22)

MERCER ISLAND – Speakers Bureau’s Lance Rhoades, American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene [Details]. This is the inaugural presentation by our new Speakers Bureau 2012-14 cohort!

TIETON – LiTFUSE continues in Tieton, celebrating poetry throughout the Mighty Tieton grounds [Details].

KIRKLAND – The 2012 Northwest Bookfest brings readers, writers, publishers and authors together through panels, classes and readings held at a two-day festival celebrating the literary arts in the Puget Sound region [Details].

NEXT WEEK (Sept. 23-29)

SUNDAY (Sept. 23)

TIETON – LiTFUSE wraps up a full weekend of poetry [Details].

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 26)

Bedtime Stories 2012

Bedtime Stories Spokane 2012

SEATTLE – Join Humanities Washington for our latest Think & Drink, Dirty Business: A History of Negative Campaigning, a discussion on political mudslinging [Details].

FRIDAY (Sept. 28)

SPOKANE – Humanities Washington’s annual fundraising gala Bedtime Stories crosses the Cascades for our first evening of food, wine and words in Spokane. Acclaimed Northwest authors Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel will debut original short stories at this event, hosted by emcee Jess Walter [Details].

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